EMEA News in Brief (December 7, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (December 7, 2009)

Christophe Lecureuil has joined The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition as manager of communications, plus new people in new roles at GolinHarris, MS&L, Hannover Re, College Hill and ReadSoft; new business for Good Relations, Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

Paul Holmes

GENEVA— Christophe Lecureuil, director of international public affairs for Yum! Brands has joined GAIN, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition as manager of communications, based in Geneva . Created in 2002 by the UN General Assembly, GAIN mobilizes public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver healthier foods and supplements to those at risk of malnutrition.


LONDON—GolinHarris has appointed Catherine Franklin as director in the agency’s London office. Franklin will lead the agency’s Nokia business globally and will be called on to play a leadership role in expanding the consumer practice in Europe. She will report to Matt Neale and Jonathan Hughes, co-managing directors of the region and London office. Prior to joining GolinHarris, Franklin led work for Unilever, Shell, GE Money and SKYY at Edelman in London. She also spent several years with Edelman in New York where she led food and beverage clients Starbucks, Barilla and Birds Eye. 

LONDON—MS&L has appointed Paul Maguire as a director in the London corporate team. , which represents U.K. and multinational clients including Coca-Cola, P&G, More Th>n Business, Atos Origin and Corel. Prior to joining MS&L, Maguire was a director at Cohn & Wolfe, working across a broad range of corporate and public sector clients such. He has more than 20 years’ experience in communications, having worked on both the agency and client side, for the Granada Group.    

DOHA—The board of Aamal Company, one of the leading diversified conglomerates in Qatar, has appointed Citigate Dewe Rogerson as its financial communications and investor relations adviser. Citigate Dewe Rogerson’s Doha office will work with Aamal to strengthen its relations among financial audiences and key stakeholders. At the same time, a tailored program will be introduced to gradually build its investment profile and positioning as one of the Qatar Exchange’s leading listed companies.

HANOVER—Karl Steinle will assume responsibility for corporate communications at reinsurance company Hannover Re, in a new role that includes investor relations as well as public relations. Steinle is leaving his former position as head of investor relations and rating at HSH Nordbank in Hamburg. He was previously a communications consultant and member of the board with the consultancy agency equinet Communications in Frankfurt. His predecessor, Stefan Schulz, is moving within Hannover Re to the company's insurance-linked securities department.

LONDON—Good Relations, part of the Bell Pottinger Group, has been appointed by the Brazilian Textile & Apparel Industry Association to raise the profile of country’s textile production and manufacturing capabilities. Good Relations will promote Brazil’s expertise within the clothing sector from its self sufficiency in cotton to the strong creative and technical skills. The account will be headed up by Good Relation’s senior account manager Katie McConkey.


LONDON—College Hill has hired former Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial senior director Mike Davies aqs a member of its industrials team, although he will provide expertise to a number of teams at the firm. He advised clients across a wide range of sectors during his three years at Bell Pottinger, including Richemont, Hansard Global, Evolution Group, Principal Capital, Chagala Group, Trikona Trinity Capital, Axon Group, Hogg Robinson and Artumas Group. He has also headed up investor relations and had significant input to corporate communications at The Rank Group, Invensys and 3i Group.

LONDON—Jonathan Caine, currently a director at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, is to re-join the Conservative team as chief of staff to the shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Owen Paterson.  The appointment runs from December to the general election.

LONDON—Johan Holmqvist is appointed as the new vice president of corporate communications at document automation software company ReadSoft. Holmqvist has work experience that includes positions at JKL Group, Gunnebo Industrier, Telelogic and IBM.


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